School Board Invites Public Comment on Budget Priorities and Return to Learn Plans

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Published On: January 11th, 2021

The Williamsburg-James City County School Board appreciates input from stakeholders on essential school policies and operations. During the ongoing pandemic, students, parents, employees, and community members are invited to call 757-603-6481 to record a message sharing their opinions on important matters such as budgetary priorities, policy changes, and return to learn plans.

“We recognize that many people in our community are very passionate about school operations, especially plans to return students to school for in-person learning,” said School Board Chair James Kelly. “As public servants, it is vital for us to hear from stakeholders so that we can represent and reflect upon the desires of our families, staff, and community.”

Following the recent departure of the long-time school board clerk, the WJCC Schools encountered a problem with re-routing recorded messages through the division’s phone system. As a result, citizen comments were being recorded but were not appearing on the voicemail line. Unfortunately, this meant that comments did not air during the January 5 school board meeting. Staff resolved the issue within 24 hours of the meeting, and all previously recorded comments were provided to the school board and posted on the division website, They will also air during the January 19 school board meeting.

“Not only have we resolved the technical issue, but the Board has also expanded the time limit for citizen comments by 30 seconds each,” added Kelly. “Each person will now have 1 ½ minutes to give their opinion rather than the 1 minute that was previously in place.”

The citizen comment line (757-603-6481) is open now to record messages to the Board for the FY2022 Budget Public Hearing on January 19, as well as the school board’s formal meeting that day.

“We appreciate the patience of our community and stakeholders during this incredible time of transition. Your input and feedback are extremely valuable as the school board and superintendent work together to move the division and student learning forward,” Kelly said.

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